What does leadership mean to you and how do you define it?
Leadership for me is about empowering those who work with you and allowing them to shine in their area of knowledge or expertise. I love to encourage people to be the best version of themselves and reach their full potential even if that means not staying with the organisation that I am (or was) working for.
What is the most important lesson you have learned, from your personal or business life?
I always treat people how I expect to be treated. People may not always remember what you said, but they will certainly remember how you made them feel.
Is there someone who has had a major impact on you as a leader?
I have had many bosses, both good and bad. I’ve developed my leadership style from what I’ve experienced over c.18 years in the corporate world. I have worked in a range of sectors over the past 18 years, and each organisation and the CEOs/directors have all impacted on who I am today.
Have you experienced failure? If so, what did you learn?
I wouldn’t say that I’ve experienced failure but I have experienced things that haven’t worked out as I perhaps expected. I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason but sometimes we just don’t know the reason at the time.
Who do you admire in the business world and why?
I admire all the small business owners across the UK and Ireland who are running their own companies or self-employed. They have always inspired me with their drive and determination to succeed.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring board directors?
For new board members, don’t be afraid to speak up and challenge the status quo. Fresh blood is always needed on boards who can sometimes be quite set in their ways. For aspiring board members, you will bring a unique set of skills to the table and you are good enough – don’t be afraid to submit your application.
If you were able to run one company, apart from your own business, which would you choose and why?
No specific company name as such but definitely a charity that makes a difference in peoples lives for example, helping the homeless, or victims of domestic abuse.